Every year Jawonio receives awards for excellence in service.
We are grateful for receiving these honors and awards from both a local and state level.

December 2020

Jawonio Friends Award recipient - Jill Warner, Immediate past CEO, for her over 28 years of service to Jawonio and people with special needs and their families.

October 2020

  • Jawonio received the 2020 Member Agency of the Year Downstate from New York Industries for the Disabled (NYSID).
  • Girard Acer, Jawonio Cleaning Company staff member of over 20 years, received the Employee of the Year for his outstanding service.Click HERE to watch NYSID Award video.
  • Margaret Heath, Jawonio Cleaning Company staff member received the 2020 Joslin award from NYSID.

Jill Warner stepped down as CEO on September 30, 2020. Randi Rios-Castro, M.S. took over as CEO, October 1, 2020.

July 2020

Rockland Business Association announces Jill Warner, CEO will be the recipient of the Chairman's Award for Overall Business Excellence.

March 2020

Jill Warner, CEO receives the Woman of Leadership & Vision Award from Nyack Center.

October 2019

Jawonio Staff received Staff Recognition Awards for outstanding service at the Annual Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State Annual Conference:

  • Bill Dowling, CES Employment Counselor
  • Eileen Gerber, Katzen Preschool Administrator
  • Cheryl Crump, DSP Seniors Day Habilitation
  • Saint-Helene Derulis, DSP Salmon House

March 2019

Jill Warner, CEO awarded the Empowerment Award by Bridges, for her outstanding service as a leader in the disabilities service sector and her dedication to helping people with special needs acheive independence and reach their highest potential.

October 2018

Jawonio Staff received Staff Recognition Awards for outstanding service at the Annual Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State Annual Conference:

  • Maria Henriquez, House Coordinator
  • Joses Michel, Direct Support Professional
  • Dana Ferraro, Development & Communications Associate
  • Michele Curtis, Program Director CDPA

June 2018

Jawonio was recognized by the County of Rockland and the Rockland County Department of Health as the county's first Breast feeding Friendly worksite.

October 2017
Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS recognized Jawonio with their prestigious Program Innovation Award for continuous efforts of innovate services to meet the changing needs of families with disabilities, (and in particular) our integration of behavioral health services across all program areas. Staff Recognition Awards for outstanding work at Jawonio were awarded to the following individuals:

  • Karen Taffuri, Social Worker & Agency Home Service Director
  • Marc Francois, House Manager – O’Neil IRA
  • Isabel Newmeyer, Coordinator of Job Development

September 2017
Joe Zweig, PROS Program Director, was honored with the inaugural Rena Finkelstein Catalyst for Change Award for his significant contribution to the community to significantly improve the lives of individuals and their families facing mental health challenges.

August 2017
The Jawonio PROmiSe (PROS) Behavioral Health Recovery Program was honored as “Provider of the Month” by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) for excellence in recovery and rehabilitation, and for the integration of mental health services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The PROS curriculum is being featured on the NYAPRS Clearinghouse as a resource for other providers.

June 2017
Jawonio was honored as “Business Leader of the Year” by Leadership Rockland for the close to seventy years of services we've provided to individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.

May 2017
Jill Warner, CEO was honored with the Veritas Award for exemplary leadership throughout her career in the disabilities field at Dominican College’s 63rd Annual Commencement Ceremony.

April 2017
Jerry Staller, Division Director of Education and Clinical Services, was honored with the Phyllis Helbraun Award by Childcare Resources of Rockland for his many years of distinguished service to children with disabilities and their families.

January 2017
Nate Weissman, who works in the Jawonio Facilities Department was honored by the Town of Ramapo for his years of service in providing cultural understanding and translation services.

November 2016
Christine Curley, Jawonio House Manager was honored by the Touching Bases Baseball League as Coach of the Year for her dedication and support in coaching her team of players.

October 2016
Four Jawonio staff members were honored for their outstanding dedication and performance as Jawonio employees by the Cerebral Palsy Association of NYS:

  • Paul Sorriento, Payroll Coordinator
  • Sue Hunter, LPB IRA House Manager
  • Katherine Keating, Job Developer
  • Danielle Leone, Pre-School Teacher Aide

September 2016
The Jawonio Cleaning Company was honored with the Rockland County Department of Social Services “Spirit Award” for their exemplary services provided to the DSS building at the Robert Yeager Office Complex in Pomona. Joan Silvestri, DSS Commissioner noted how staff morale has improved dramatically since the Jawonio team has been working in the building.

August 2016
Jawonio was honored by the American Heart Association with the Tri-County Platinum Award for Healthy Workplaces for our health initiatives in heart health, fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation, and more.

About us

We provide care for thousands of children and adults with special needs each year.

Our mission

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premier provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions. 

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.